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Fighting corruption: towards a code of conduct for parliamentarians

On 4 June the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be holding a joint seminar in Rome to discuss national and international experience in codes of conduct for parliamentarians, with an eye to stepping up the fight against corruption.

The seminar, which will be opened by Laura Boldrini, Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and Anne Brasseur, President of PACE, will be addressed by several speakers, in particular Raffaele Cantone, President of the Italian Anti-corruption Authority, Norman Eisen, former Special Counsel to the President of the United States for Ethics and Government Reform, Marcin Walecki, Chief of the OSCE/ODIHR’s Democratic Governance Unit, Ferdinand Mélin-Soucramanien, ethics advisor to the French National Assembly, and Vittorio Alvino, President of the Italian NGO Openpolis.

The current situation in Libya and its consequences will be at the heart of a debate on “Current political challenges and opportunities in the Mediterranean region”, to be held on 5 June with the participation of Hala Mustafa, Egyptian political scientist, Abdul Rahman Al Ageli, co-founder of the Libyan Youth Forum, the Speaker of the Italian Senate, the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and the President of the Venice Commission.

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Thursday 4 June from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Parliamentary seminar “Towards a code of conduct for parliamentarians: a comparison of national and international experience”

Friday 5 June from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Debate on “Current political challenges and opportunities in the Mediterranean region”

Both these events will be open to the press and will take place at the Palazzo di Montecitorio, Sala della Regina, Piazza di Monte Citorio, 33, Rome.